Plan Ahead for Holiday Travel: Checklist for Foreign Nationals and Employers

by David H. Nachman, Esq., Ludka Zimovcak, Esq., Snehal Batra, Esq. and Samantha Chasworth, Esq

From the 8th of November 2021, international travelers have to follow some new requirements to travel to the United States. Not only do foreign nationals have to provide proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19, but they also have to show that they took a COVID-19 test three days before their flight.

Here is a documentation checklist for passengers looking to enter the US:

1. Validity of Travelers:

International travelers, family members, and even US and Canadian citizens must have a valid passport when traveling.

Before applying for a visa, ensure that all passports have been renewed in advance and have a validity of six months.

2. Gather all Documents:

When you enter the US, some travelers may be asked to show evidence of work authorization or government approval, along with their passport and valid visa stamp.


You may be asked to show an original I-797, endorsed Form I-129S, Approval Notice, Employment Authorization Document (EAD), Advance Parole Document, Form I-20, or Form DS-2019 with travel authorization.

3. Recheck the Classification and Expiry Date in the Passport:

If you enter the US as a foreign national, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer will make you an electronic I-94 record and will then give you a passport stamp.
Before leaving the CBP inspection space, make sure that the classification and expiry date in the passport is correct. If there are any mistakes, let the CBP officer know immediately. CBP can correct any errors on-the-spot.

4. Go Through the I-94 Record:

Each time foreign nationals gain entry into the US, they should get the electronic I-94 record and review it from the CBP website.


Look through the expiry dates for the I-94, along with the underlying petition or work permit, as this may differ from the expiry date on the visa stamp. Moreover, send a copy of your I-94 to the Immigration Counsel.

For foreign national employers and employees who do not have a valid visa in their passport, here is what they need to do:

• Talk to their Immigration Lawyer 60 to 90 days before to prepare for vetting and the consular interview.
• Look at the Consulate's website before traveling to avoid missing out on any appointments or documentation.
• Complete Form DS-160 and keep a copy of it with you at all times.
• Before traveling, go through the petition to ensure that the information matches your visa.
• Go through your online profiles, as government officials will scrutinize these before allowing you entry into the US.
• Keep company information and pages updated.
• Keep a copy of employment verification if you are trying to get a temporary work visa.
• Let the Immigration Counsel know if you have been arrested or detained in the past.
• Review consulate wait times.
• Ask the Consulate about their holiday hours so that you can make decisions accordingly.

If you have questions or want to access additional information about US or Canadian Immigration and Nationality Laws, please feel free to get in touch with the immigration and nationality lawyers at the NPZ Law Group. If you have more questions about how these laws in the US may impact you or your family, contact the lawyers specialized in US Immigration and Nationality laws at VISASERVE. You can also send us an email at info@visaserve.com or you can call us at 201-670-0006 (x104). In addition to that, we invite you to find more information on our website at www.visaserve.com


About The Author

David H. Nachman, Esq. is one of the Managing Attorneys at the Nachman Phulwani Zimovcak (NPZ) Law Group, P.C., a pre-eminent International Immigration and Nationality Law Firm dedicated to providing a wide array of business and family immigration law services for skilled U.S.-and Canada-bound workers. The Attorneys in our Law Firm assist clients with waivers, marriage cases, citizenship applications, I-130 sponsorship for family, etc.


Ludka Zimovcak, Esq. is a Managing Attorney at NPZ Law Group, PC. Mrs. Zimovcak's passion for excellence in immigration law derives from her own family's first-hand immigration experiences. She is fully licensed to practice as an Attorney in Slovakia and New York.


Snehal Batra, Esq. is Managing Attorney of our Raritan, NJ office at the Nachman Phulwani Zimovcak (NPZ) Law Group, P.C., a pre-eminent International Immigration and Nationality Law Firm dedicated to providing a wide array of business and family immigration law services for skilled U.S.-and Canada-bound workers. Ms. Batra is an Indian-American attorney with a passion for immigration law which derives from being an immigrant herself. Having been born in India and raised in New Jersey, Ms. Batra understands firsthand the many difficulties and challenges that immigrants commonly experience while engaged in the U.S. immigration process. As such, she is eager to help families, businesses and individual immigrants to realize the American dream.


Samantha Chasworth, Esq. is Counsel at the Nachman Phulwani Zimovcak (NPZ) Law Group, P.C., a pre-eminent International Immigration and Nationality Law Firm dedicated to providing a wide array of business and family immigration law services for skilled U.S.-and Canada-bound workers. Ms. Chasworth earned a Juris Doctorate (JD) from the St. John's University School of Law in Queens, New York, where she was an editor on the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development and participated in numerous immigration and family law clinics and internships including time at the US-Mexico Border at the Karnes County Civil Detention Center.


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